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Voting and Elections Guidelines for Missouri

Register and Vote

What is on the ballot in the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more

Helpful Info for 2018 Election

Oct. 10: Last day to register for Nov. 6 election
Oct. 31: Last day to request an absentee ballot
Oct. 13-19: goes live to offer personalized ballot information
Oct. 26: Voters Guide published in Post-Dispatch
Oct. 31: Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail.
Ballots must be returned to election board by 7 pm on Election Day.

IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING You can now do in-person absentee voting at local election boards during normal business hours if you'll be outside your voting jurisdiction on Election Day.
St. Louis City Election Board: 300 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis County Election Board: 725 Northwest Plaza Dr., St. Ann, MO 63074 (Look for the St. Louis County Government entrance on south side of former mall).
Hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 3, and 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Nov. 5.
Three satellite sites in St. Louis County will be open the same hours from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5:
CHESTERFIELD: 82 Clarkson Wilson Center (1 block east of Clarkson Road, south of Wilson)
CLAYTON: The Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Ave.
SOUTH COUNTY: 4544 Lemay Ferry Rd. (Keller Plaza, near Sam's Club and Cinema 8).

Franklin County: 400 E. Locust, Room 201, Union
Jefferson County: 729 Maple St., Hillsboro
St. Charles County: 397 Turner Blvd., St. Peters

Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
If you encounter a problem, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
For a free ride to the polls (county or city) courtesy of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, call 314-562-0411.

VOTER ID - Updated

If you're a registered voter, you can vote!

Missouri's photo ID requirement for voting is being challenged in court. The League encourages you to bring an ID to the polls so you can cast a regular ballot, but it doesn't have to be a government-issued photo ID.

You can vote without signing a statement if you show one of the following:
-a voter registration card
-ID from a Missouri university, college, vocational or technical school
- utility bill
- bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address

Vote a provisional ballot.

There are two ways your vote counts if you don't bring an ID to the polls.

If your signature matches the signature in the voter registry, your vote counts.

If you come back to your polling place and show a photo ID, your vote counts.

If you don't have a photo ID, the Missouri Secretary of State's office will help you obtain a non-driver license for free. You may need a copy of your certified birth certificate, certified marriage license, certified divorce decree, certified adoption papers or amended birth certificate, a court order that changed your name, a social security card that reflects your name, or naturalization papers that prove citizenship.

If you do not have a photo ID to vote, but already possess the necessary documents to obtain a non-driver license and want one to vote, please visit your local license office and request a non-driver license for voting purposes. Go to to find the nearest license office.

To obtain a non-driver license from the Missouri Department of Revenue, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth
  • U.S. Birth Certificate OR U.S. Passport OR U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization or Birth Abroad OR a photocopy of a certified U.S. Birth Certificate accompanied by a U.S. Military Identification Card OR U.S. Military Discharge Papers
  • Social Security Number (verbally or by presenting card)
  • Proof of Missouri Residential Address Utility Bill + Paycheck + Government Check + Mortgage Document + Voter Identification Card + Property Tax Receipt + Housing Rental Contract + Bank Statement

FYI, Missouri's photo ID law is being challenged in court by the League and other organizations.

Absentee Voting and Voter ID

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 31. In accordance with RSMo 115.279, a voter may apply for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, or by facsimile. Go to your local election authority for more information.

City of St Louis Absentee Ballot Request

On-line request for Absentee Ballot St Louis County

Federal Armed Service Absentee Ballot Request Form

Anyone registering by mail may vote absentee the first time only after enclosing a copy of his or her driver's license or other approved ID with the absentee ballot request.

Absentee ballot requests must be mailed or faxed to the Election Board no later than 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the election. These are also locations for in-person absentee voting.

St. Louis City Board of Elections: 300 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63101, 314-622-4336

St. Louis County Board of Elections: 725 Northwest Plaza Dr., St. Ann, MO 63074, 314-615-1800

Franklin County Clerk: Franklin County Govt. Center, 400 E. Locust, Room 201, Union, MO 63084, 636-583-6355

Jefferson County Clerk: 729 Maple, Hillsboro, MO 63050, 636-797-5486 or 800-748-3456

Lincoln County Clerk: Courthouse, Room 104, 201 Main St., Troy, MO 63379, 1-636-528-6300

St. Charles County Board of Elections: 397 Turner Blvd. St. Peter's, MO, 636-949-7550

Warren County Clerk: 101 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 302, Warrenton, MO 63383, 636-456-3331

If you are voting absentee by mail, your notarized affidavit envelope, with your voted ballot inside, must be returned to the Election Board no later than 7 p.m. the day of the election. The ballot may be returned by the voter in person, through the mail, or by registered carrier or a registered voter's relative in the 1st or 2nd degree.

In Person Voting In person voting begins six weeks prior to each election at the Election Board's Office during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to bring with you an acceptable form of identification.

Three satellite sites in St. Louis County will be open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5:
CHESTERFIELD: 82 Clarkson Wilson Center (1 block east of Clarkson Road, south of Wilson)
CLAYTON: The Center of Clayton, 80 Gay Ave
SOUTH COUNTY: 4544 Lemay Ferry Rd. (Keller Plaza, near Sam's Club and Cinema 8).

In person voting is also available the Saturday before each election from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5:00 p.m. the Monday before each Election Day.

Voters who are permanently disabled, or their caregiver, may apply to be on our permanently disabled voter list. Once placed on the permanent absentee list, a voter will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot application for each election held within their voting jurisdiction.

Find out if you are registered to vote

If you have moved within the same county you may complete your change of address at the correct polling place for your current address on election day.

You may check your voter registration at the following web site.

Secretary of State Voter Lookup

Voter Registration & Election Authority Contact Information

Register and Vote Brochure

Free copies for distribution are available by calling the League office at 314-961-6869.

The Election Authority in each county or city is responsible for voter registration. You must register in the county where you reside.

Franklin County Clerk
400 E. Locust, Ste. 201
Union, MO 63084

Jefferson County Clerk
729 Maple, Room G12
Hillsboro, MO 63050
636-797-5486 or 800-748-3456

Lincoln County Clerk
201 Main Street, Room 104
Troy, MO 63379

St. Charles County Election Office
397 Turner Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376

St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners
300 N. Tucker
St. Louis, MO 63101

St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners
725 Northwest Plaza Dr
St. Ann, MO 63074

Warren County Clerk
104 W. Main Street, Suite B
Warrenton, MO 63383

Additional Resources

Political Party Contacts in Missouri (Registered with the Secretary of State of Missouri) Political Party Contacts in Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State

Official Missouri State

Official St. Louis City Information

Official St. Louis County Information

St. Louis County Municipal League

What is a Primary Election?

In Missouri, when you register to vote, you do not state your preference of a political party. There are elections when you can select a ballot for the political party of your choice. These are called primary elections. This is the time when candidates in the same political party vie to be the party candidate in the general election.

At a primary election, voters may choose a political party ballot or a non-partisan ballot which contains only the ballot issue(s).